The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Sorrento Coast is the spectacular panorama, with the high and rocky coast jutting out over the Gulf of Naples, and the contrast of colours, the green of the terraced vineyards, olive groves and citrus trees and the blue in all its hues.
Vico Equense is the door that welcomes you to the Sorrento peninsula, welcoming sweeping views across the Gulf of Naples and, on good days, Ischia and Procida. It has a thriving culinary scene with the likes of Chef Peppe Guida and Chef Gennaro Esposito as well as being the birthplace of Pizza a Metro (pizza by the metre) by Gigino Dell’Amura.
What to do
visit la chiesa della Santissima Annunziata
Perched upon a clifftop over the sea, this picturesque 14th century church is one of the few examples of gothic architecture on the Sorrento peninsula. It has a pinkish colour that becomes extremely prominent at sunrise, and creates a mystical atmosphere.
Cappella di Santa Lucia
Located in Massaquano, the chapel is painted with 14th century frescoes by an anonymous student of Giotto.
Granita with a view
At the Bar Ristorante Belvedere Monte Faito order a lemon granita and enjoy a sublime view across Naples and the islands of Procida, Ischia and Capri. WEBSITE
Il Bikini is one of the coolest beach club along the coastline, that blends a salty casual atmosphere with a well refined dinner menu. It’s an exclusive location, sheltered by a cliff and overlooks mt. Vesuvius which, at sunset, becomes a true sight for sore eyes. Book well in advance. WEBSITE
A beach club, restaurant and cocktail bar located in the heart of Vico Equense. Sun loungers line a platform suspended above the sea from where you can descend into the waters and throughout the day order refreshing drinks and light lunches in this pleasant environment. Cost is €50 for two sun beds, towels and one umbrella. WEBSITE
Abbazia Di Crapolla
Abbazia di Crapolla is located along a plain of sand at the feet of Monte Faito, within a mesmerising setting where you can take a scenic walk through the vineyards and book a wine tasting experience. Of course, every bottle is for sale. WEBSITE
Caseificio De Gennaro
A dairy store that has been running strong for the past five generations dedicated to the production of excellent quality cheeses produced with milk from the Lattari Mountains. You’ll find an array of both fresh and aged cheeses from the renowned Provolone del Monaco and Cacio Cavallo to lesser known cheeses such as O’chiavcon and Fiaschella. For true gourmet palettes, try the Caciolimone, a collaboration between the Caseificio de Gennaro and Chef Peppe Guida. There is also a museum that explains the most ancient techniques of production of cheeses and dairy products. WEBSITE
Where to sleep
Hotel Capo La Gala
Located on the rocky promontory of Vico Equense, overlooking the Gulf of Naples, Hotel Capo La Gala is an elegant hotel with all the comforts of a five star including a private beach, free parking, shuttle service and a wonderful sundeck from where you can enjoy the sunset with a drink. Of course a SPA and Fine Dining as well. WEBSITE
Located in a strategic and panoramic location overlooking the Tyrrhenian. Designed in an art decò style with natural light infusing in each room. Guests will also have access to the hotel’s private beach. WEBSITE
Lampara Bed & Breakfast
There are two outlets: one on the marina and one in the centre of Vico Equense. Each room has a tasteful design with a blue palette that recalls the sea from which the rooms (at the marina) overlook. Breakfast consists of a fantastic spread of local delicacies, both sweet and savoury. A small, affordable gem in this village. WEBSITE
Meta di Sorrento
Sorrento is both a touristic hub and center for those wishing to explore the neighbouring towns. But the Sorrento Coast is different from the Amalfi Coast and Meta di Sorrento, the very small village before Sorrento coming from Naples is a tiny gem. A fishermen’s village located inside an enclave created by a rock spur. Don’t expect a beautiful town center as such but expect authenticity, peace and magic. Magic in the attention of the locals, magic in the sunset that sets right in front of you over Ischia, Procida and mt. Vesuvius, magic in living true Italian authenticity.
What to do
As we get into summer its okay to spend the day lounging at the beach. In fact, Meta di Sorrento houses the only sandy beaches in the peninsula. Head to La Conca beach club on the Spiaggia di Alimuri beneath the giant Cavaliere rock or head around to Lido Marinella where you can rent canoes and pedalos and reach the tiny Spiaggia degli Innamorati.
Where to eat
Ristorante La Conca
Down on the beach in Meta di Sorrento. A menu that has both traditional seafood dishes such as Spaghetti alle Vongole or Fritto Misto, but also some creative additions such as Posedonia pasta (fresh-egg pasta shaped like the seaweed) with seafood or linguine with prawns and artichokes. A very modest restaurant with an excellent quality to price ratio. Ps. head down at sunset for a mesmerising view. WEBSITE
Giosué a Mare
A hotel with a sensational restaurant overlooking the large beach of Meta di Sorrento. Savour Spaghetti alle Vongole on the terrace, accompanied by a glass of crisp white wine as you watch the fantastic landscapes out in front of you. In the evening, this casual eatery becomes a romantic place for a date with your loved one. WEBSITE
Located just outside Meta di Sorrento in Sant’Agnello, the Cooperativa Solagri is dedicated to the production of limoncello and whose lemon trees are an integral part of the coastal landscape. As well as the much loved liqueur, you can also purchase citrus infused Extra virgin olive oil from the Sorrento Peninsula, jams and marmalades and essential oils. WEBSITE
Pasticceria di Savarese Giovanni
A very small bakery whose smell seems to ooze all the way down the street of Via Caracciolo. It’s as if you enter through a small door into a big world, like in Alice in Wonderland, where you’ll find an array of pastries, cakes, biscuits and bread freshly baked every morning. Make sure you try the almond paste biscuits and ‘le sigarettine’, small rolls of sponge with a citrus infused flavour.
Where to sleep
Laqua by the Sea
One of Cinzia and Antonino Cannavacciuolo’s properties (4 in total) nestled in a bay. A very intimate b&b style hotel with a SPA. Only six suites with private swimming pools and an immaculate attention to design with avant-garde with chromotherapy lighting and an awe-inspiring view at sunset. WEBSITE
Sorrento is home to decked beaches and cutting edge panoramas that only get better as the day progresses. It’s a town divided in two parts, with the windy center filled with souvenir stores and exquisite restaurants up the top and the seaside as well as the harbour from where you can reach the neighbouring islands down below.
What to do
Cross under La Porta Greca
At the Borgo marinaro of Marina Grande cross the Porta Greca which, according to an old legend, all the sailors who crossed the threshold fell in love with a local woman.
In Via San Cesario, among lace and marquetry workshops take a pitstop at the Correale museum where you can discover the collection of minor arts from the 17th and 19th centuries. WEBSITE
Boat Tour with Sorrento Luxury charter
Hop on a boat for a tour of the coastline or perhaps go even further to the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. WEBSITE
Visit the Vallone dei Mulini
The Vallone dei Mulini is one of the hidden gems of the area and it used to belong a group of five Valloni, which marked the natural borders of some countries of the peninsula. The valley owes its name to the presence of a mill built around 1600 which used the course of the waters of the valley stream for grinding grain and today, due to the humid climate, many ferns and other plants have entirely taken over.
Grab an Ice Cream from Raki Gelato
Located in the central part of Sorrento in between shops and bars. But this place stands out for its unique flavours (all natural) – Fig, almond and laurel anyone? WEBSITE
Visit the Fiordo di Crapolla
A small, natural fjord in the area of Torca. This is one of those small, hidden gems that you’ll need to sweat a little before you arrive, but it’s worth the ‘work-out’. You can park at Piazza San Tommaso Apostolo di Torca and then take a 1km hike down to this cove.
Marameo beach club
Located in the heart of Sorrento, just below the municipal gardens. You can head up and down via the elevator or a few steps to reach this very picturesque beach club with azure coloured huts that was recently renovated. The views out to Vesuvius are incredible and enhanced at sunset which you can watch with a cocktail or over dinner at the restaurant. WEBSITE
Where to eat
Terrazza Bosquet Excelsior Vittoria
The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria is synonymous with Sorrento, a historic location and inspiration to many, including the great Lucio Dalla. The restaurant Terrazza Bosquet and terrace overlook the coastline and provide one of the most romantic backdrops at sunset. Here, Executive Chef Antonino Montefusco prepares refined dishes deeply rooted in the territory with meticulous attention to the gastronomic excellences of Campania. WEBSITE
Il Buco Sorrento
An eclectic and contemporary designed restaurant with an excellent wine cellar whose cuisine is an evocation of the territory with an artistic flair. The menu is signed by Chef Peppe Aversa, with a highly qualified and researched proposal that aims to enhance simple ingredients through innovative techniques and flavour combinations. A must try is the Linguine with redfish marinated in lemon, bottarga and sun-dried tomato. WEBSITE
The concept takes you back a few centuries to when the wood-fired vrasera became the melting pot for cuisine, and families would gather around and share chats and laughter. Here, the cuisine follows simple steps: from garden to the grill, in which dishes lean towards a revisited, contemporary presentation. All to be enjoyed with a glass of local wine. WEBSITE
Trattoria dei Mori
A very ‘terra terra’ restaurant much loved by the locals. Here you’ll find Gragnano pasta proposed in different recipes: from fish to seasonal vegetables. Try the fresh scialatielli with seafood. WEBSITE
Ristorante Zì Ntonio
Perfect for those with a hefty appetite. A menu that features all your typical dishes of the region: Candele alla Genovese, Mezze Maniche alla Nerano, Pizza and, of course, Gnocchi alla Sorrentina. WEBSITE
Antonino Esposito Pizza
Antonino Esposito is one of the greatest pizzaioli of the region (and perhaps of the whole of Italy). He learnt the art from his uncle Salvatore, who passed down his secrets in creating a light, fluffy and easily digestible dough. Antonino’s pizzas speak of the region, with fresh ingredients and enhanced flavours that result in high quality. One of the best parts? if you’re a high crust lover then you will fall in love with these pizzas. WEBSITE
Bistrot Basilico Italia
In Corso Italia, the Bistrot Basilico Italia is located within a former cinema. There are over twenty oven-baked pizzas on its menu. The star of the menu is the Pesto di Noci di Sorrento created by Maurizio Mastellone, patron of the restaurant: extra virgin olive oil Dop Sorrento Peninsula, provolone del Monaco dei Monti Lattari and Neapolitan basil. WEBSITE
Le Colline di Sorrento
Here you can purchase limoncello and confectionery products based on Sorrento lemons. With on-site tasting. WEBSITE
Bistrot Lievito Madre Iommella
Iommella began as a bakery that produced excellent quality bread and today, expanded into a bistrot which not only produces high quality leavened products (breads, focaccia and pizza) but also a daily proposal of breakfast, lunch, aperitivo and dinner which you can eat on sire as well as take away. WEBSITE
Piemme Sorrento Limoncello
Piemme is a historic, family run business that has been producing limoncello according to ancient recipes for the past fifty years. Here you can purchase limoncello as well as citrus-based liqueurs and the traditional desert babà. WEBSITE
Melany Head Shop Merletti
This shop is located in the heart of Sorrento. Here you’ll find an array of inlays and lace from clothing to tableware to purchase, as well as the sale of Neapolitan haute couture clothes. WEBSITE
If you’re looking hand-painted Vietri and Sorrento ceramics then at Sorrento è you will find a world of aritianal products to take home as a souvenir or gift for your family and friends. WEBSITE
Cantina De Angelis
If you’re looking to do some wine tasting during your trip to Sorrento then head to Cantina de Angelis. You’ll embark on a tour in which the history of the cellar and their process of wine making is explained followed by a tasting of five our seven of their labels accompanied by a cured meat and cheese platter. You can also purchase the wines at their shop. WEBSITE
where to Sleep
Hotel Parco dei Prinicpi
The Parco dei Principi in Sorrento is immersed in the greenery of a botanical garden which coexists harmoniously with its modern design. The hotel is the first in the world to be designed by the famous Milanese architect Gio Ponti who, through his eclectic vision, merged classicism and modernity, tradition and innovation, craftsmanship and industry within the walls and furnishings. The entire hotel is declined according to the white-blue chromatic alternation which becomes the unifying motif of every single detail. An exceptional outdoor pool and terrace that overlook the Tyrrhenian. WEBSITE
La Minervetta is a special place, lazing about on the terrace and enjoying the view. It’s one of those places that seduces you and surprises you for the very personal taste with which it was created. The hotel overlooks the gulf of Sorrento, clinging to the cliff that towers over the Tyrrhenian. The furnishings of both rooms and common areas skilfully mix ancient, modern, modern antiques and Vietri ceramics that recall the color of the sea and the Mediterranean. WEBSITE
Marina Piccola 73
Marina Piccola 73 is a small boutique hotel perched above the sea overlooking the bay of Naples. It’s housed within a historical, 19th century building that been meticulously renovated with an elegant approach, whilst maintaining classic, period furnishings. Each room is unique, perhaps described as eclectic, with different (and bright) coloured walls and tiles; the deluxe rooms house a balcony whilst the superior, a large terrace perfect for a reading a book and taking in the surroundings. Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace, with an abundant selection of local pastries and savoury options. WEBSITE
Located in the center of Sorrento, Relais Correale is a simple, welcoming place and perfect for those on a budget. It offers finely furnished rooms an enchanting citrus grove, home to their restaurant La Limonaia where you can enjoy traditional cuisine with products grown from their vegetable garden. Grilled mozzarella in a lemon leaf or ravioli with lemon are to be tasted. WEBSITE
Situated on the doors of Sorrento in Massa Lubrense, Relais Blu is a Mediterranean style villa infused with elegance. A place from where sea and sky blend as one, and beautiful sunsets can be viewed from the infinity pool, gourmet restaurant and spacious terrace over a cocktail. Each room features large windows or a small balcony from where you can enjoy the daily scene of the coastline. WEBSITE
Relais Regina Giovanna
A charming Relais immersed among lemon and olive trees with sensational views out at sea. There are twelve refined rooms and a private beach where you can spend the day under the warm sunshine in complete seclusion. Lunches and dinners are served with a farm-to-table approach to cuisine. WEBSITE
Maya Beach Experience
As soon as you enter the Maya Beach Experience you feel transported into a place where beauty, elegance and creativity reign. From the raffia furniture to the pool that overlooks the sea, Maya is the perfect location if you want to live the Sorrento coast in a contemporary Dolce Vita atmosphere. This beach club offers a beautiful sunset aperitif and a restaurant that wants to emphasise the importance of local ingredients, that in this case are made personally by the chef on their farm. WEBSITE
Gocce di Capri
Gocce di Capri is a residence hotel located on the Sorrento Coast that offers its guests a Mediterranean experience. Here you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the coast from the private balconies of the refined rooms and apartments or relax in the luxurious junior suites with a beautiful garden. To get even more immersed in the Mediterranean lifestyle, try Gocce Bar & Restaurant, which will pay homage to the traditional Southern Italian cuisine enriched by contemporary flavours. WEBSITE
Recommone Massa Lubrense
Located in the small town of Massa Lubrense we find the bathing establishment Recommone. This is the perfect location to enjoy the sun while dipping in the deep azure water of the Tyrrhenian Sea and being surrounded by the rocky beach. At Recommone you can also carry out several aquatic activities such as renting a canoe or a pedal boat to explore the natural beauties that surround the beach, or even relax in the restaurant and bar.
Where to eat
Adjacent to the sea in the bay of Nerano, Maria Grazia is a special place that withholds a century-long recipe that created one of the most exquisite pasta. The restaurant was founded in 1901 by Maria Grazia, inventor of the famous spaghetti alla Nerano. Here you will have the chance to taste a traditional cuisine made with genuine ingredients coming from the territory. WEBSITE
Lo Scoglio da Tommaso, Nerano
Tommaso allo Scoglio is run by the De Simone family for three generations. Here, you’ll savour delicious dishes that accentuate the traditional culinary recipes of the region, using fresh catch of the day and ingredients coming directly from their family farm. The ambiance is romantic, so make sure you come and catch the sunset pre dinner. WEBSITE
Where to Sleep
Conca del Sogno (con camere), Nerano
The blue and white colour palettes meet at the Conca dei Sogni to produce a fully Mediterranean atmosphere. An exclusive oasis surrounded by the peace and tranquility of the natural materials that make the rooms and suites the perfect location for a relaxing vacation. From the Standard to the Superior rooms all of them have stunning private terraces that overlook the enchanting bay offering a romantic view. The Conca dei Sogni Hotel also has a charming beach club surrounded by uncontaminated natural landscape and all the comforts and tranquility of a resort. WEBSITE